Fire in the Burnley Empire

Theatres Trust was saddened to hear about a report of arson at the Burnley Empire, of our of Theatres at Risk.

Heritage crime is a blight on the historic buildings in the UK. Unfortunately it is all too common for empty theatres to be attacked in this way.

The reported arson at Burnley Empire is particularly concerning given recent positive discussions about its future that the Theatres Trust has held with the National Trust and other local stakeholders. Once the extent of damage is clear we will work with Burnley Empire Theatre Trust to assess next steps.

Historic England has noted an increase in arson in heritage buildings in the North West in previous years. We would encourage the council and the building’s owners to take steps to remove access to the building from those seeking to harm it.

Read more about the Burnley Empire and why it is on our Theatres at Risk register.